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Megan Bader, PGY-2
Megan grew up in Garden City, New York. She went on to attend Duke University where she studied Neuroscience and spent many winter nights camping out for basketball tickets. After graduation, Megan moved to Boston and worked in life sciences consulting for two years before ultimately deciding to pursue medicine. For medical school, she returned to the hospital where she was born to become part of the first class at NYU Long Island School of Medicine. There she was involved in several medical education projects, the student admissions committee, and was even co-president of a club dedicated to performing magic for pediatric patients. Initially, Megan was drawn to the diverse pathology and problem solving of internal medicine. But having worked as a camp counselor for most summers, she also knew she loved working with kids and couldn’t imagine giving up that population. Med peds was the perfect fit! While not completely decided on her future career choice, Megan is passionate about primary care, preventative medicine, and medical education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside (preferably on a beach), reading historical nonfiction, eating good food, drinking good coffee, and (hopefully) playing pickleball with her co-interns! 

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Kathryn Burke, PGY-2
Katie grew up in Warwick, RI where she first fell in love with patient interactions in the hospital working as a dietary aide. She attended Siena College majoring in Biology and during her free time she was often with the Siena College Mentoring Program or working in the chemistry department as a TA. After college, she stuck around the Capital Region to attend medical school at Albany Medical College where she could often be found mentoring and tutoring younger students as they transitioned to medical school or volunteering at the Double H Ranch throughout the year. It was at Double H that she first gained an interest in young adults with chronic illnesses making the transition to adulthood. Around the same time, she learned about Med/Peds as a specialty and how it was the best of both worlds, and never looked back. She is psyched to be moving down Route 90 a little closer to home at UMass. Katie does not know exactly what she wants to be at the end of training, but currently is interested in palliative care, complex care, and hospital medicine. She is excited to see where the opportunities at UMass take her, but ideally will also be able to pursue working to better understand transitions of care for adolescents, and medical education as well. In her free time, Katie can be found reading a good book on the beach, listening to all kinds of podcasts while trying to increase the distance she can run, exploring the Worcester food scene with her husband, and taking every chance she can to get outside.

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Hans Erickson, PGY-2
Hans grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. He attended Wesleyan University and graduated with a major in Neuroscience and Behavior. He also played on the soccer team and worked part time at a local children's museum called Kidcity. After college, Hans moved to Boston to work as a clinical research coordinator for a neurologist at the MGH Neurological Clinical Research Institute. While there, he assisted in a variety of clinical trials related to circadian dysregulation in Parkinson’s disease. Hans then attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts where he had the wonderful opportunity to work with the UMass Med-Peds team as a student. Their passion for improving the community around them while caring for a robust patient population solidified his interest in pursuing a career in Med-Peds. Hans is thrilled to be continuing his training as a resident at UMass and hopes to pursue a fellowship in Sports Medicine while also seeking out opportunities to work with transition-age individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Outside of the hospital, Hans enjoys playing sports, exploring the local food and drink scene, traveling to visit friends, anything iced-coffee related, and trying (and failing) to learn the guitar.


Kayla Wilson, PGY-2
Kayla grew up in New Jersey before moving to Lexington, Massachusetts. She attended Northeastern University for her undergraduate education with a major in Biochemistry and minor in Business Administration. During her time at Northeastern, Kayla became interested in mentorship after serving as a teaching assistant, peer mentor, and president of her sorority. She also had the opportunity to work as a clinical research assistant at Brigham and Women’s Center for Adrenal Disorders, which confirmed her interest in medicine.  She moved to Chicago to attend Rosalind Franklin University Medical School where she fell in love with both her Medicine and Pediatric rotations. Kayla is undecided on her career path (like many Med-Peds residents), but she is interested in preventive medicine, nephrology, hospitalist medicine, and medical education. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys hiking, running, jigsaw puzzles, playing tennis, and spending time with friends and family!